"Good afternoon, Mister Giant, Sir. I have come to make a bet with you."
Can a very little girl beat a very large giant in feats of strength? That's what clever Beatrice bets on when she marches through the north woods to the home of the giant, hoping to win some of his gold to help her mother buy porridge. The giant heartily agrees to a contest, never imagining the wisp of a girl could out-muscle him. But what he hasn't counted on is how clever Beatrice is...and that brains beat brawn every time.
This tall tale from Michigan's upper peninsula is told in delicious dialect, and introduces a heroine who's as irrepressible as Eloise.
|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||10.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.
Dr. Short's monographs include: Extend Your Students' Reach and Move Them Toward Independence, Base Your ESL Instruction in the Content Areas, Reach for the Common Core, Structural Supports for English Learners, Comprehensive and Responsive Assessment, and Developing Academic Literacy in Adolescents.
Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.
Dr. Tinajero's monograph is titled Teaching the Fundamentals.
Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beatrice has an IQ of 475. Either that or the giant has the IQ of a caterpillar. Probably a mixture of both. Beatrice manages to make the giant feel lucky even though he loses the bets and lots of money. Witty and fun, Beatrice will inspire all people to go up against the giants in their lives. The illustrations are absolutely knock-your-socks-off from Heather Solomon in her first book. Perfectly capturing the great lakes area, Solomon combines collage with water color. She expertly compares the two characters visually: the giant often doesn't fit on the page, and Beatrice's head is about the size of the giant's hand. Yet she doesn't forget the small details such as the cat curled asleep on the giant's bed.
A little girl outwits a giant. A heroine who is a wonderful role model for little girls. Delightful reading. A must have!